I have been playing guitar professionally for nearly 50 years, and teaching for 40 odd years. Since suffering a slight stroke in 2001 and a heart attack in 2008 I now concentrate on teaching, repairing and building guitars. I teach privately on a one to one basis from my home, and will accept any age group between 6 and 85. Anyone over 85 must be accompanied with their parents.
HAVE A LOOK AT MY REPAIR PAGE TO A SEE A COLLETION OF SOME OF MY GUITARS
I started playing in a local band [The Meteors] in 1961 and I virtually played every week since up until 2001, when after having a mild stroke decided that enough was enough and so I stopped going out to play completely. I've just compiled a book on some of the funny stories while playing with The Meteors and if you would like a copy please click on the link below. The book covers my musical adventures from me at the tender age of 8 on the violin, until "The Meteors" called it a day in 1968. Since then I've done loads of things on the music scene up to 2001, Resident guitarist, jazz combo's, duo's, trio's, big band, c&w, even sequence dancing etc, etc. But that's all for volume two, but if part 2 takes me as long to write as part 1 I'll be about 85 and probably wont be able to read it anyway!. If anyone remembers us or has any pictures please get in touch because I'm always on the lookout for new information, good or bad. I would prefer good though!.
FOR A FREE COPY OF MY BOOK CLICK > HERE. < Thank you for your interest!
John Voce Barry Nixon Allan Lyall Jerry Bell & Me
Rhythm Bass Drums Vocals Lead
This was taken in the Hippodrome Ballroom in Workington about 1962ishh! When you look at the gear we had I think that the total cost was about £100. Big money in those day's!
This photo was taking in the studio about 1966. Again with an ishh! Notice the quality of our "nearly paid for" gear in this pic. Allan could only afford the sticks. We found that he was a lot quieter without the full drum-kit!
ME ALLAN BARRY TED
John Forster LYALL NIXON John VOCE
This is me posing with my Hofner Verithin, so called because it was made by Hofner and it was very thin! Bet you wouldn't have guessed that one!
Sorry about the blurred pic but I was wearing my new glasses when it was taken!!
For more information on the sounds of the 60's in Cumbria, pay a visit to Alastair Duncan at www.fenderstrat.co.uk for a real blast from the past.
I didn't think we were all that bad!